The pygmy whale is the last living relative of a group of whales that died out millions of years ago.
The whales are quite unlike any other whale species alive today with their unusual arched frown-like snout. Growing up to only 21ft in length, the species lives out in the open ocean and remains extremely rare. It is believed that they diverged from blue whales between 17 and 25 million years ago.
"The living pygmy right whale is, if you like, a remnant, almost like a living fossil," said paleontologist Felix Marx. "It's the last survivor of quite an ancient lineage that until now no one thought was around."
"The pygmy right whale, a mysterious and elusive creature that rarely comes to shore, is the last living relative of an ancient group of whales long believed to be extinct, a new study suggests."
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